Loving Acceptance | Devitional
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:1– 6
key Verse: John 15:16
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
The youngster ran out the door to join his friends. Twenty minutes later he was back. “I thought you were meeting your friends down at the ball field,” his mother commented. But before he could answer, she noticed the look of hurt on his face and asked, “Honey, what happened?”
“Mom, they didn’t choose me to play on either one of their teams. Nobody likes me.” This disappointment may seem trivial from an adult’s perspective, but it’s not. Rejection can leave a person feeling left out and disillusioned. Such an incident has the power to shape one’s personality and self-image.
“I’m sorry you weren’t chosen,” replied the boy’s mother. “Sometimes things happen that are hurtful, but always remember you mean a lot to me and your dad.”
One of the greatest needs of our society is the need to belong. We want to know we matter to someone else. How we choose to meet this need is critical to our sense of self-worth and to our relationship with God.
Jesus Christ holds the greatest amount of acceptance you could ever hope to find. No matter what turns your life has taken or who has rejected you, God promises to love and accept you when you come to Him. And the fact remains that He will always choose you to be on His team!
Dear Lord, please heal the emotional scars left by rejection. Thank You for loving and accepting me just as I am.
Dr. Charles F. Stanley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries. Charles Stanley was born on September 25, 1932 in Dry Fork, Virginia.